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Thu Oct 16, 2014, 07:56 AM

13. This ebola epidemic

may well reveal the failure of capitalism to respond to those threats upon the common well being. If they continue to calculate the response in terms of profits and losses, and fail to implement precautions due to the costs to business, then the disease will skate away from their opportunity for control. Waiting for the market to respond to a problem that grows exponentially will only reveal that it cannot respond to such threats in a timely manner and cannot anticipate a cost that is not directly realized corporately and individually. The private (for profit) health-care system will fail to provide the precautions without financial incentive to do so and such incentive does not present until it is already too late to prevent it. Cost benefit analysis will not compel a preparedness for such disasters as they are rare in their occurrence but they are potentially disastrous in their effects. Compromising the country's economy for the benefit of the corporate class and dedicating military resources to the support of oil interests, has left the nation handicapped in its capacity for effective response to this common threat which might well produce a catastrophic collapse of the system if it continues to escape confinement.

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